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IMG_1387Dusty is an old man. He requires things to be a certain way. For example, if his morning food must be sprinkled with the NuVet with the Duralactin sitting atop or he will give me the look. Oh, better yet, he won’t eat a nibble. The trifecta –Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice, the NuVet (powder), and the Duralactin. They keep him mobile and more than comfortable.

Our Adults eat the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice including Dusty. On occasion, we use a higher calorie food that is very similar–for those needing a bit more than the typical fare. The Duralactin is an all-natural anti-inflammatory supplement–it takes about two weeks to see dramatic results. It helps to diminish the need for prescription medication that is sometimes needed to manage inflammation.

We seriously believe the NuVet combined with a quality basic food (such as the Diamond Naturals) is an excellent diet. Dusty also enjoys steams squash, steamed pumpkin, various other veggies, and whatever morsel he can garner along with his basic diet.

IMG_1388Dusty has a crate (or maybe we ought to call it a hideout) that is located in our utility bath. When the door is open, he can put his eye on me working at my desk. I think he likes that arrangement. You can see his food hangs on the door.

We have had a lot of questions about food lately. Please be aware that your food company may switch the ingredients without warning. A person who was using another food had severe skin and coat issues–hair loss and sores. After spending some serious coin at the Vet Office, they contacted Cliff. It was then that we suggested they check their food for change–sure enough, there had been. They switched over to the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice (ordering it from, and her coat began improving within a few days. We suggest you be aware of the food as well as snacks–keeping in mind companies can make these changes that may well raise havoc with the Weimaraner’s coat, or tummy. We can all agree that this situation is best avoided.

The Depth of it All


~ He has never known life without Rudi

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Yesterday we made the difficult decision to put Rudi down. He was 14 and his back arthritis was worsening. It was the right thing to do and one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. It was our turn to love unconditionally and he is now stalking rabbits with his buddies.
Olli has not yet figured out the permanence of the change. He knew something was going on and that Rudi was not doing well. He wanted to snuggle with him on Rudi’s bed but Rudi was not having any of it.  Re picture below is one we took several months ago in the distillery. Two very different temperaments and we love both of them dearly for their personalities and joy that they bring.
Hope you and Cliff are doing well. ~Mary


PS – when we got Olli we started both dogs on Nuvet. Rudi had horrible allergies but they steadily improved over the last 2 years to the point of not needing any medication. Coincidence?  I think not. We are sold on the benefits.

Breeder Comment

Eventually, something is going require us to let them go. This gut-wrenching experience is a personal one. A loss is never easy–it affects each of us differently. We process it in our way–honor them in a way significant to us. Some folks grieve for a long time and cannot entertain the thought of getting another. Others feel free to move forward. They are almost driven to find another and begin a new journey. Their take is the departing Weim would want nothing less for them.

Most of us want to extend the journey together as long as it is feasibly possible. With insurance knee replacements, hip replacements, and other major surgical procedures are within reach.


How Long Do We Have?

That is a good question. No one can guess. There simply is no guarantee you will get 14 years, or even 11. The only way to approach this risky relationship is to count every day as a special blessing.

From Our Side

If you sat where I sit you would feel what I feel. I read notes from people all the time; ………not always OwyheeStar people. In fact, these are usually not from our clients but people who are seeking and searching for other than what happened to them. They look to avoid whatever health issue took their fur baby away. I am quick to tell them that anything could happen. It scares me when we place a puppy with someone who writes me that they lost their last Weimaraner to a rare form of cancer. I secretly fear that rare cancer could strike again—even many years ago when it had never happened. Honestly, I only remember once it happened –cancer of larynx took a client’s six-year old Weimaraner. She got another from us, but it didn’t replace the first OwyheeStar in her heart.

This concern of someone having an untimely loss is only one of the many stressors in my life—I do care. I think when you adopt a rescue anything can happen. Also, when you bring home a puppy things can happen as well. The risk of loving our beloved Weimaraner is huge but worth it.

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Puppy Exits are happening

Octavia Bath time (7) - CopyWe don’t always post everything about the puppies, but on occasion we think we need to do this. This week, we posted some cute photos of the pups. The most recent was of them getting a bath. Cliff installed a utility sink in my laundry room, and it is perfect for the pups at this age.

FB Green Cammo Collar Bath (30) - CopyWe knew we could not bathe them all this morning and send them out the door in time. So, they got the works, and will get a little touch-up this morning. They were glad to hear it was not a repeat performance.

This process included a quick nail trim, ear cleaning, and bath. They will see these events again in the future.

Weather permitting pups swim

Comments on swimming

Swimming the pups does not ensure they will be natural swimmers. It is a good experience for them, and they are imprinted with it for the future. Nevertheless, unless a pup retrieves well, and can be enticed to water-retrieve, many will not swim on their own accord. Cliff does a good job getting the Weims to swim, and sometimes even when they learn to swim like a fish, the process is arduous. It can take a knack, and a great deal of patience to accomplish. The you tube is of one of the eight pups who swam this week.

Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

Special Thanks…..

Weimar Coffee MugThank you Will and Jill for the lovely Weimar coffee mugs. I am drinking coffee out of it as I work on the blog, and make the typical Facebook post. Cliff and I appreciate you guys–your love for the Weimaraner is of course what draws us together. Thank you for being a part of the extended OwyheeStar family, and for these two lovely coffee mugs. We will cherish them always!

Upcoming Blogs 

Looking ahead, we find ourselves busy with the exits until late on Tuesday. Then we will need Wednesday (at least) to recoup. The usual agenda must continue. Living creatures do not exist without care, and that means we have things calling us each and every day. 🙂
Right now, I am not sure about the blogs we will have for this week. We are waiting for some photos; nevertheless, there is no reason to worry, we will publish a blog each day. We hope you enjoy them.  
We receive many notes thanking us for the blogs, so we know they are appreciated. 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!